breathing thoughts  •  Atelier des Mimes   15

intensive training and exploration of  physical theatre and mime

Operation transformation  (mission statement)

Three intensive weeks - operation transformation. Awakening the senses, igniting the spirits, triggering the inner dance, unveiling it's sapience and spark. Refining our message, revealing our selves.
The aim of this workshop is the transformation of the craftsman on stage towards presence and impact, precision and playfulness, impulsivity and virtuosity in shape and rhythm.

C'est le corps qui souffre  (quote Etienne Decroux)

Our chosen mean of expression is movement through space and time. Our instrument is the body, which needs to be shaped, tuned and sharpened. Nourished with a versatile vocabulary, it'll ride us to speak more freely. A meaning maybe other to functional words, beyond linear narration. To find our innate language. To tell our intimate and unique story.
Any content needs a frame, every melody it's instrument. For us it's the body. For us it's mime. Servants to our audience.

Am Abgrund kommt es nur auf die Haltung an  (mantra Atelier des Mimes)

Atelier des Mimes is aiming at performers who want to express in a meaningful physical way, reveiling inner motions of a figure on stage: feelings, emotions, thoughts. The approach in getting there is a physically very demanding practice (in part 'corporeal mime' after Etienne Decroux) - combined with challenging settings of play, improvisation and composition and a constant critical review of path and results.
One's own dance in mime...   bienvenue à la folie!

Atelier Nr 15  •  spring 2022  •  3 weeks per block  •  5 days a week  •  3 to 5 h a day


Block 1:     training in  Physical Theatre and Corporeal Mime

Monday April 25th  to  Friday May 13th 2022           3 weeks

intensive and comprehensive studies of corporel mime in technique, impro, repertoire combined with
'mimactiv': Oliver's fundus of 20+ years of dynamic, exhausting and playful excercises and methods.
open call.  stage experience, physical fitness and absolute dedication indispensable.

Block 2:     studies of  Application of Technique in Play on Stage

3 weeks in May / June    tba    please enquire

advancing on block 1 towards rendering technique and skill useful and effective for meaning and expression.
The step from execution to impact. Finding the message and bridging, thus (full)filling the gap to the audience.
advanced only.  knowledge of mime & corporeal mime / visit of Block 1 required.

Block 3:     research in  Creation, Performance and Authorship

3 to 5 weeks in June / July    tba

The deep end. The mystery.
From vocabulary to message. From inspiration to piece of art.
on invitation only.  visit of previous blocks / Ateliers required.


atelier  •  full & intensive workshop  • €500 for all three weeks:

Monday:  11:00 - 15:00

Tuesday:  12:00 - 15:00

Wednesday:  12:00 - 16:00

Thursday:  10:00 - 15:00          at ‘our’ theatre Expedition Metropolis

Friday:  10:00 - 14:00

20 hours per week    •    half an hour break per day

konglomerata  •  weekly open classes:

Thursdays  •  10:00 - 12:00  •  €10 - €20 per session  (u decide)

open for all, no enrolement required, just come along. Please be on time.


Classes will be held in a dance studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg. See contact for info  →
The course will be directed and mainly taught by Oliver Pollak and be held in English.
The participation at Atelier des Mimes is fully at your own risk and responsability.
Exact times in the day and the location might still change slightly! Please check nearer the time.

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Former participants of Atelier des Mimes' workshops left some impressions for you here  →
Learn a bit about corporel mime here  →    or about mimeactiv here  →    or this interview with Oliver  →
To learn more about Oliver, visit this subpage  →    or  Oliver's website  →

smallprint (basics)

Corona:    please note the following:

The ongoing corona-situation poses a risk for our venture, and we want to deal with it in a responsible manner. We will obey the actual officially ordered measures regarding professional formation in highly physical activity.
Furthermore, depending on the current situation, we will strive for the German 3G-rule, meaning:
Every participant is asked to either show proof of recovery or of full vaccination (preferably incl. booster shot), or - on a daily basis - an Antigen-test, either by an official outlet or on the spot. (Selbst- oder Schnelltest)
During classes we will not be wearing masks.
Please let us know your thoughts on that and state your Corona-vaccination-status when applying.

reductions:    the following culmulative reductions for each block of Atelier can be granted upon request:

early bird:           up to €100  off if booked at least 3 weeks in advance of a start of a block.
bulk discount:   €100  off for block 2 or 3 if previous block of Atelier 15 was visited.
In the past, Atelier des Mimes was able to offer further reductions to participants from a country with a difficult exchange rate to the Euro, someone taking care of a minor, or anyone in otherwise exceptionally difficult financial circumstances, as well as collegues and pros.  In case, please enquire.

refund policy:    please observe carefully!

If you withdraw at least  2 weeks before the start of a block:  only half of what you paid will be refunded.
If you withdraw after that, no refund will be granted.
If on the other hand (a block of) the workshop itself is canceled, obviously all you paid will be reimbursed.

updates:    important!

Dates and schedules might still change. The corona-situation is still dynamic. Watch this space!
Latest 1 week before it's scheduled start, the direction might cancel any block of the Atelier.

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Bienvenue à la folie.